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This 15 hour professional development event is designed for postdoctoral scholars at the beginning of their training to help them make the most of their postdoc experience and establish a foundation for future career success.

92% of attendees from 2020 and 2021 events reported that Bootcamp influenced how they will manage their career (n=75).

EPIC Bootcamp.  Your summit to success.

Topics Covered: 

  • Research and professional communication
  • Managing conflict and developing teams
  • Recognizing and interrupting implicit bias 
  • Work style preferences using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment
  • CliftonStrengths to understand individual approaches for success
  • SkillScan to assess abilities and target areas for growth
  • Value, identity and wellness considerations for professional success
  • Career planning and preparation 
  • Professional networking 
  • Setting SMART goals for professional development 
  • Creation and evaluation of an Individual Development Plan

The curriculum is cumulative, with each session building on the learning from previous sessions and the assigned activities completed outside of the group workshops. Sessions are designed to facilitate experiential learning and are highly interactive. To get the most out of this experience, participants are encouraged to be active members of our learning community by engaging in workshop discussions and completing all assigned activities.


Session 1: Navigating Communication

  • Communicate research and professional purpose with a clear and concise message
  • Utilize strategies to communicate effectively and navigate conflict in the workplace

Session 2: Understanding Workstyle Preferences

  • Assess personality type and work styles preferences and distinguish those of others
  • Leverage understanding of personality and style preference to facilitate individual and team performance

Session 3: Using Your Strength

  • Understand personal strengths and how to use them effectively
  • Develop successful collaborations by considering own and others unique talents

Session 4: Evaluating Your Abilities

  • Effectively assess current abilities and skills
  • Clarify personal and professional values and examine career preferences
  • Set, assess and meet structured short term and long term goals

Session 5: Developing Your Plan

  • Recognize implicit bias and have tools to combat that bias
  • Identify and address training and professional development needs
  • Create and implement an Individual Development Plan

Session 6: Establishing Effective Mentoring

  • Utilize networking for career planning and preparation
  • Determine a course of action for a successful postdoctoral experience
  • Evaluate action plan with peers and mentors

Next event (virtual)

February 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, & 22 from 2-4:30 pm each day



Registration Required:  

For UCSD Postdocs: Via UC Learning Center(Only UC San Diego postdoctoral scholar title codes are eligible). A UCSD Chart String/COA Project and Task Number will be required to complete your registration. 

For External PostdocsVia Eventbrite (Only those who hold current postdoc appointments are eligible).  Payment information will be required to complete your registration.

Registration Fee:   

The registration fee covers all course instruction, materials, and assessments (including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and CliftonStrengths)

$75 for UCSD postdocs. Payment for UCSD postdocs only accepted via recharge. A UCSD Chart String/COA Project and Task Number will be required to complete your registration in the UC Learning Center. UCSD postdocs who are unable to attend due to limited professional development funds should contact Heather Dillon (hadillon@ucsd.edufor information about the EPIC Bootcamp scholarship. 

$100 for external postdocs (not affiliated with UCSD)Payment information will be required to complete your registration in Eventbrite. 

*Participation in the full Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop during session 1 is required for receipt of MBTI assessment results. Individuals who do not attend the full MBTI workshop will not receive their assessment results.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 pm 

Cancellation policy: The last day to cancel your registration for a refund is Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 pm. If you cancel your registration after that date, the payment method submitted during registration will still be charged the registration fee. For questions about the cancellation policy, please contact Heather Dillon at 


92% of attendees from 2020 and 2021 events reported that Bootcamp influenced how they will manage their career (n=75). See infographic of evaluations from inagural event.

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